WHEN A GAY BUSINESS OWNER IS VERY "OUT" Observations on the sidelines......

  • HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16311

    Aug 06, 2009 4:28 PM GMT
    I find it fascinating to watch other gay men in professional endevours. Most I see are remarkably talented guys going about life and expressing themselves in their work...
    sometimes quietly... and sometimes in a very "out" way. Many are successful.. whether in a large metro area like NYC or San Francisco or even in Kansas.

    I have my office in a country club setting. Its a fantastic building on a golf course and a little over a mile from my house. There are a variety of business people here.. and up on the 3rd floor a group of "salons", "spas" and massage therapists.
    One of the businesses is the the salon of Ty.... a very out, interesting, late 30's gentleman who operates his upscale salon and is very successful.

    One day you will see him with gold jewelry, the next day with a gray "tomahawk" of hair... My assistant once remarked upon seeing him, "God who is that".... I knew it was Ty... And yesterday I noticed a "woman" in high heels and long black hair driving away in "his" Eclipse... I find it fascinating.

    Upon looking in Ty's place, you notice a huge "rock" as a decoration (over 8 feet tall).
    How the hell did they get it in there? Ty has commented to me about what goes on
    behind that rock after hours... and has always encouraged me to stop up and check out his digs... ... Um, maybe from a distance...

    I know he has a large clientele and is very talented and successful. He loves his profession.... and being "gay" is the last thing he'd be concerned about here on the prairie's of Kansas.......

    icon_biggrin.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 06, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    He sounds like he marches to the beat of a different drum...Good for him.

    I'm out and a small business owner. There are other gay guys in the profession, and I also deal with a lot of big burly construction type straight guys all the time.

    Other people's issues with me being gay seem to evaporate when money and business is involved. My sexuality doesn't even register as an issue.

    I think its great when a person sports a different look by wearing different clothes (not expensive or designer) and tries a new haircut etc.

    BTW guys....shake it up a little. Dressing in the same style year after year with every hair in the same place can turn you into an old fart without you even realizing it. Get some advice from an experienced friend or clothing store employee or a smart barber or hairstylist.

    Don't worry. It won't turn you into a fashion victim or label you as gay. You will though, radiate confidence and vitality, and that's fun. Smart (gay and straight) guys know this.
  • HndsmKansan

    Posts: 16311

    Aug 06, 2009 5:16 PM GMT
    KissingPro said

    I'm out and a small business owner. There are other gay guys in the profession, and I also deal with a lot of big burly construction type straight guys all the time.

    .



    What profession are you in? Would like to hear.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 06, 2009 5:33 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    KissingPro said

    I'm out and a small business owner. There are other gay guys in the profession, and I also deal with a lot of big burly construction type straight guys all the time.

    .



    What profession are you in? Would like to hear.


    Landscape architecture. My small company designs and installs gardens in urban spaces. Things like penthouse terraces, roof gardens, courtyards etc. I deal with lots of sub contractors who fabricate the planter boxes, install the lighting and irrigation systems and also laborers (mules) to do the heavy lifting.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Aug 06, 2009 7:54 PM GMT

    I'm a proud gay business owner myself. I'm a party planner/decorator. I recently bought the business from my long-time employer. My personality doesn't scream "GAY", but I certainly don't bother trying to hide the fact from my clients. Most don't care or even think about it.

    I even had a client once, that offered to fix me up with her brother. LOL. Never again.....LOL.

    This year, for the first time, I even put my company in the Long Beach Gay Pride Parade. It was a hell of a lot of fun, and a great business move, it turns out!
    www.balloonaffair.biz
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30315322&l=add132ca22&id=1005309870